Three Dates Tonic for Strength and Rosy cheeks

JewelPie: 3 Dates Tonic

When I was a teenager, my mother often makes a big pot of red dates tonic. It’s almost a weekly affair. I was more interested in other sweet beverages than this tonic. So she’ll coaxed me to drink the sweet tonic as ‘it will make you strong and beautiful’. Then, I thought it was something she said just to make me finish up the drink. I was wrong. Recently, I found that my mother’s claim has scientific backup.

JewelPie: Three Dates Tonic

High in iron and vitamins
Dates are inexpensive and rich source of nutrients. It has more vitamin C than an orange and vitamin A than a carrot. A mere ten pieces of dates provides more iron than one palm-sized beef (Source: Singapore Health Science Authority). All theses vitamins and minerals, are known to be highly beneficial for the skin.


“10 pieces of red dates provides the same amount of iron of one palm-sized beef”


Medicinal values & beauty benefits
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, red and black dates relieves fatigue, anaemia and regulates appetite (Source: Between Heaven And Earth, TCM textbook). As dates replenishes qi and blood, red dates tonic is often served to girls after their monthly period and mothers after giving birth. A smooth flow of Qi and blood translates to a rosy and lustrous complexion.


JewelPie: Three Dates Tonic


> Red dates x 120 g/ about 1 1/2 cup
> Black dates x 60 g/ about 1/3 cup
> Honey dates x 80 g/ about 4 pieces
> Water x 1.5 litres
> Pot


Three Dates Tonic

Place all the dates and water in a pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for an hour.


  • To extract maximum flavour, cut the dates into half. We like to use a pair of sharp scissors to do so ( it’s much easier!)
  • The beverage is delicious when served hot or cold.
  • You can keep the beverage in a clean bottle and keep it in the fridge for a few days.


What’s your favourite traditional remedy?

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17 Responses to “Three Dates Tonic for Strength and Rosy cheeks”

  1. Arisa
    July 2, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    thanks for sharing! :-)

  2. Sara
    July 2, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    You’re welcome. If you have any simple recipe, please share with us!

  3. Chris
    October 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    My friend’s mum drank red dates soup and soya milk during her pregnancies. All her children have lovely rosy and fair complexion.

  4. Sara
    October 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    We’ve heard the same!

  5. Nirmala
    October 31, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Sarah…

    I was looking for Sago pudding recipe and I came across many beneficial recipes. For this Three Dates Tonic, may I know where can I get these three types of dates? Almost all the time, the dates that I come across is the sweetened date. Kindly let me know where can I get it as I am interested to try out this recipe.

    Thanks & Regards

  6. Sara
    October 31, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    We normally get it from chinese herbal shop or supermarkets.

  7. Cristina Interiano
    November 13, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    can not wait to be beautiful!

  8. irfanbodla
    December 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Dear readers

    take 1 glass of water and 5 dates. put them in night and use that water early morning you will feel a lot power in your body.


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